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A shark moves more like an airplane than a fish. Its forward movement controls its vertical position and its back and forth tail motion forces it forward. Whether Dick Buist had shark physics in mind when he created his Le Grande Fisch trike can certainly be speculated.

Weighing much less than an average shark, his five-year old shark mobile is one hefty 90-pound trike. As owner of Dick Buist Video Productions, he makes deliveries and pickups for his business clients.

Camouflage coloration serves sharks well but Le Grande Fisch might blend in a little too well with the city streets (as noted by a concerned police officer). After a traffic stop, Dick added silver streamers along the back fin for safety and aesthetically, the fluidity and sparkle of the streamers create the illusion of his rapidly moving through water as he navigates the city streets.

Another incident of being pulled over happened at Mackinaw Island where he was questioned on whether the speedy shark-mobile was motorized. He has reached speeds of an estimated 40 miles-per-hour when moving downhill. He prefers city pedaling to long rural hauls with its stretches of no people to see or be seen by.

Besides utilizing an earth-friendly mode of transportation, Dick enjoys the reactions and smiles his creation inspires. He did four parades in one day (Fourth of July) and participates in a variety of parades- and being true to his species, not necessarily by invitation.

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